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STRUCTURAL DESIGN STUDIO, INC.

DESIGN & MANAGEMENT TEAM

Jeff Ambrose

Jeff Ambrose

President/Principal

Denis Clayson

Denis Clayson

Project Engineer

Michelle Ketchum

Michelle Ketchum

Revit Technician

Jake Merkley

Jake Merkley

Principal

Allison Ambrose

Allison Ambrose

Office Manager

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“Structural Design Studio has approached our projects with great care and rigorous follow through. Jeff Ambrose, and Jake Merkley, handled these projects with all of the qualities you could hope to find with consulting engineers: they were dedicated, responsive, careful, creative, and always accessible by phone. Additionally,their drawings were extremely accurate, and their knowledge of our building information modeling software is top notch.”  -Jacoby Architects

 

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Jeff Ambrose, S.E., P.E.

President / Principal
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Jeff has 25 years of experience in the world of commercial construction, engineering and design. He has always been keenly interested in blending analytical solutions with aesthetically creative ideas. His attention and energy is focused on creating structural systems that work, and add to the aesthetic quality of the project.

Education:
Jeff obtained his formal education at the University of Utah and obtained degrees of Bachelor of Science – Civil Engineering, followed by his Master of Engineering – Structural Engineering with added emphasis from David Eccles School of Business in the Executive MBA Program.

Professional Licensure:
Jeff is currently licensed to practice as a Professional Structural Engineer and/or Professional Engineer in the following states: Utah, Wyoming, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Idaho, Oklahoma, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Kentucky and the District of Columbia.

Personal Points:
Jeff sincerely enjoys seeing his clients be successful on a project, and works hard towards that goal.  Outside work he has a passion and deep reverence for the Rocky Mountains and loves all things wild. He is an avid adventurer, paraglider pilot, and nature photographer and has traveled across the globe in pursuit of many unique adventures.

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“I have been fortunate enough to witness Jeff’s professional development including his experience in both the construction and engineering disciplines. We can always count on Jeff to review issues and return his recommendation quickly. Given his construction background Jeff understands the balance of cost, constructability and engineering needs.”  -SIRQ Construction

 

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Jake Merkley, P.E.

Principal

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Background:
Jake has over 15 years experience in structural detailing, engineering and design. Jake understands that a successful project is achieved when collaborative efforts are made to work as a team, while meeting the critical success factors of the project.He continually aspires to establish and build professional relationships with his clients that extend well beyond the project timeline.

Education:
Jake began his studies at Brigham Young University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.  In an effort to expand his knowledge and educational diversity he received a Master of Science – Civil Engineering degree from Clemson University with a specialized emphasis in Structural Engineering.

Professional Licensure:
Jake is currently licensed to practice as a Professional Engineer in Utah, Maryland, and California.


Personal Points:
Outside of the office Jake enjoys spending time with his family hiking in the mountains and nearby National Parks, or watching his kids play sports.  He is an avid sports enthusiast and enjoys playing golf, tennis, baseball, and waterskiing.

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“For the record, I do want to take a minute and express gratitude towards Structural Design Studio. They have been a tremendous asset and invaluable “TEAM” member. We have enjoyed the working relationship/partnership with Jake throughout this process and think very highly of his character, integrity, and performance. Jake’s biggest strength in our mind is he has a tremendous gift for understanding field experience and constructability challenges, understanding that the construction world is not perfect. There just wasn’t issues brought to the table but always resolutions in mind that kept the project moving forward!”  -R&O Construction

 

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Denis Clayson

Project Engineer
Background:
Denis has 8 years of experience as a project engineer, including 5 years of active duty in the United States Air Force. He has a passion to work with others, build relationships, and help clients see their projects succeed. He contributes his detail-oriented technical abilities while keeping sight on the overall project and team goals. His positive attitude helps find alternative solutions to seemingly difficult tasks.

Education:
Denis completed his Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Brigham Young University with a minor in Business Management. While in the Air Force, he received his Master of Science in Engineering Management at the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

Personal Points:
Outside of work, Denis enjoys spending time with his wife in the outdoors. He loves to hike, swim, mountain bike, snowboard, and travel. Being married to an interior designer, he finds himself constantly working on home improvement projects, which he secretly enjoys.

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“I have used Structural Design Studio for years, they are my go to structural engineers.  Their designs are solid and they work quickly.”  -ARUP Laboratories

 

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Michelle Ketchum

Revit Technician
Background:
Michelle has joined our team as a skilled Revit Technician. She gets great satisfaction knowing her work helps others effectively do their job, and a key element to making our projects run smoothly.

Education:
Michelle is currently attending Salt Lake Community College in pursuit of two Associates of Applied Sciences degrees. One in Engineering Drafting and Design and one in Architecture Technology. She has a love for learning and plans to continue gaining as much knowledge as she can.

Personal Points:
Outside of office hours, she expresses her creativity in many other ways. She enjoys archery, writing, baking, drawing, and attending local baseball games. She is a dedicated and motivated mother to ensure her kids are in the best situation that she can provide.

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“We very much appreciate you expediting all that was presented to you, be it submittals or problems to seek a solution. You and your firm have exhibited the highest measure of professionalism.”  -Tom Stevens Construction

 

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Allison Ambrose

Office Manager

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Background:
Allison has been working for Structural Design Studio, Inc. for nearly 8 years as Office Manager and recently has taken on the role of Marketing Director.  Her infectious smile and attention to detail keeps the office staff happy and running like a well oiled machine.

Education:
Allison obtained her formal education at the University of Utah and obtained degrees of Bachelor of Science – Exercise & Sport Science.

Personal Points:
Allison enjoys getting to know our clients and does her best to get to know each one.  Outside work she is a mother of twins and spends what little free time she has outside mountain biking or running.

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CONTACT US

To contact us for future projects, inquiries, and/or career opportunities.  Use the form below, give us a call, or just stop by.

Salt Lake City, Utah

2225 East Murray Holladay Rd., Suite 110
Salt Lake City, UT 84117

Phone:  801.274.3950

Office Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 8 am to 5 pm
Friday: 8 am to 12pm